aparantly contador uses 11-28 in the vuelta with an 11-32 for very steep days. Not sure if thats of any use but i guess it may make it easier than 11-23 or 11-25 without going compact. How about 36-52 compact as a compromise
Do I need a compact for the Pyrenees?
Do you need one....depends a bit on your power to weight....hard to tell without knowing your figures. Plenty of people would be fine with a standard and a wide cassette if that's all they had.
I'm old enough and slow enough now and don't road race any more that I can't see me ever buying a standard sized 53/39 ever again. Back in the day there were no 11T cassettes & a 50/11 ratio is bigger than the usual 52/12 or 53/12 so its all good at both ends (though I still prefer a 12-x sized cassette with the extra in the middle or the bottom). And with a 10 or 11spd cassette the gaps will still be smaller than the 7spd (or 8spd if you were posh!) we used to have.
Did the Raid Pyrenees a couple of weeks ago.
Would I have done it on a standard- hell no!
Not wanting to sound overly twtish, but im a fairly decent rider and the guy taking us around agreed you would have to be a bit bonkers not to use a compact.
Had a 30 on the rear too. Regularily dropped to 1st gear, even just for the rest sometimes. I'd just get a cheapo one (Tiagra or equivalent) as the weight will be about the same as what you have anyway. You wont need the 53/52t unless you wanted to race down the other side.
I had a 34/50 and a 25 cassette on the Ichere, Marie Blanque and Aubisque - I used bottom gear, Marie Blanque was a battleground
I'd love to know what sort of cadence these big men above are using.
I live in France and road race at BC Cat 4 level equivalent. Everyone I know rides a compact and usually a 11/12-25 at the back as standard.
Ps Oldgit, remember those sportives are actually races here...from the off.
Have a great trip.
Just come back from Le Marmotte & Etape du Tour (both in Alps) and ran a 54/39 and 11/25.
Whilst a 25T cassette was fine, next time I think i'd probably take a 28T
I'd recommend a 28T as that way you don't loose any top end but still have a decent range and climbing gear.
aparantly contador uses 11-28 in the vuelta with an 11-32 for very steep days. Not sure if thats of any use
yes, I'm sure that helps him. I for one rate myself as equal to or a little faster than contador.
right....are you going to seriously miss any top end in the mountains? Or on the flat for that matter?
ridden all of those climbs on a mountain bike at some point so I would say compact
as mugsy all of those are hard Tourmlet is long steep and hard.....
enjoy and please post how you go and or pics
My house is close to the Col des Ares, I am 50ish and fittish, but I wouldn't be without a compact for the Col de Mente and the Port de Bales. Of course you might not be an old git and you might be super fit.
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